Friday, June 15, 2018

Julien Boulangerie

We got to our hotel in Paris right around lunch time. Since I had spent some time looking at restaurants near the hotel (we always like to know what is within walking distance), I knew there was a bakery just around the corner: Julien Boulangerie. So that's where we grabbed some lunch and our first treat. We walked about a block from the bakery and sat on some steps while we ate. I have no idea if that's acceptable behavior, but we were really hungry and needed to sit to eat!
SP had a Cheese Quiche. Those 3 rounds are rounds of chevre. He liked it a lot. It was my first taste of a stronger tasting chevre (to me), one that I am not sure I like.
I had Quiche Lorraine & it was delicious! Nice chunks of bacon. And cheese.

After the quiche, we ate the Raspberry Eclair in the top photo. Oh my. So good. Yes, I got the cream all over my face and a bit in my hair. But so fresh and flavorful and everything I expected from a pastry treat in France.
The next day, in between a driving tour of the city and a Seine River cruise, we stopped at the bakery and ate a quick lunch in our hotel. SP & I shared a ham, tomato, egg, lettuce sandwich and our second treat:
I think it was a hazelnut cream? I'm not sure. But it was delicious. I cannot decide which of the two eclairs I liked better.

There were many more treats from Julien Boulangerie (like croissants/quiche every morning for breakfast) but I didn't take photos.

So. Good. I would stay at out hotel again just because this bakery is so close.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

It's Thursday. I'm in Pittsburgh, sorting through a lot of photos from vacation. So my thoughts are still on vacation.

Paris Thoughts:
  • A lot of people still smoke. It definitely dampened my enjoyment sitting outside at a cafe, enjoying wine and maybe a treat, when I smelled cigarette smoke. It was also gross when we'd be out walking and the smoke from people in front of us would hit me in the face. Several of our tour guides told us that there is a campaign to get people to quit and that 1 million people had (the government had just released these numbers). That's great, but I think a few more million need to quit!
  • Driving in Paris is insane. Not that we did it. Nope. No way. But we took a driving tour and there were several times I couldn't believe we didn't die in a ball of twisted, crunched metal. They are fearless drivers. That circle around the Arc de Triomphe? Crazy. I can see why all the tourist information said to not try to cross the road to get to it (use the underground passage). We also took a driving tour in Normandy and while there was less traffic, it still seemed nuttier than driving here. Driving around Robinson on weekends now seems so tame and calm and civilized.
  • If you're in Paris near the tourist destinations, a lot of French shop people and servers can (and will) speak English and often have English menus (or English translations under the French). This was helpful as it has been a long time since high school French. But we always tried in French first! Trying out your très mauvais français and asking "parlez vous anglais?" is always appreciated before they smile and hand you the English menu. (I thought it was très mal français but translate tells me otherwise-?).
  • I had problems sticking to English and French. I kept blurting out words/phrases in Japanese. Whoops. I did major in Japanese, lived there for 2 years, and worked for a Japanese company. For instance, I couldn't get the hang of saying oui, I kept saying hai, which probably sounded like hi, so instead of yes I was always saying hello. But I meant yes - in Japanese.  
  • I had a good giggle when I was finishing my thé et tarte noisette au chocolat at a cafe and watching SP across the street, inside the fromagerie, trying to purchase some cheese. He later told me that there was a Chinese woman in the shop, too, and between the French/no English cheese lady, Chinese & English speaking/not French speaking/not knowing much about cheese woman (tourist), and SP with his 6 words of French & newly acquired cheese knowledge from our food tour, the three of them managed to pick out cheeses and complete 2 cheese transactions.  
  • We're already missing our daily doses of mimolette and saint-nectaire cheeses.
What We're Eating:
  • Steak with Tomatoes-Mozzarella-Basil
  • Pasta Salad
  • Dessert: Lemon-Speculoos Ice Cream
What We're Watching:
  • We missed The Americans series finale (vacation). We finally watched it and I liked it. It made me cry. So much more powerful than simply having someone(s) die or go to jail. Everyone lost, everyone had their life shattered, no one will ever be the same. The person who chose to get off the train and the reactions of the people on the train when they see that person got off? Wow. The whole garage scene when it all comes out? Wow. Excellent show. I will miss it.
  • Supergirl is still going on, and it's OK but I'm a little tired of this storyline.
  • I caught up on the first 3 episodes of Animal Kingdom. I didn't really think that would happen with Baz, but it did, and it's interesting to see where things will go now.
  • We started watching Succession on HBO. We liked the first 2 episodes.
  • We also starting watching the new season of Six on History Channel. So far, we're enjoying it.
  • And we started watching Genius-Pablo Picasso on National Geographic. It's not grabbing me the way the Einstein series did, but we'll stick with it.
What I'm Reading:
No books. Just a giant magazine pile. Huge.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Taverne de l'Arbre Sec

Our first night in Paris we were very tired. Like many flights to Europe from the eastern US, our flight was an overnight flight and got in at 9:30 am. We spent the afternoon walking around in hotter than expected weather and around 4 pm, we called it quits and went back to the hotel. But what about dinner? We knew we had to eat, especially me because my stomach gets angry if I don't feed it on its idea of a schedule. I did not want to spend the next day desperately seeking a bathroom after eating for the first time after skipping a meal. But in France, people eat later. Many restaurants do not open for dinner until 7 pm. Even if a brasserie/cafe is open in the afternoon, sometimes the kitchen isn't and won't open until closer to that 7 pm dinner time. We did not want to wait that long (even though we eat dinner around 7:30 pm at home). So we decided to try the tavern that was a 1 minute walk from our hotel: Taverne de l'Arbre Sec 
It was here that we (well, I) pulled out my high school French for the first time. I didn't have a clue what was said to me so I put on what I hoped was a 'please forgive the stupid American' smile and said,"Parlez vous Anglais?" "Oui, Madame." Oh thank goodness, because my brain was fried from lack of sleep. (I did know from their website that they have an English menu, so I was hoping they spoke a little English, too, but we were prepared to muddle through with the help of Google Translate). We were seated outside under the yellow awning. It was around 5:30 pm and it turned out that the kitchen didn't open until 6 pm, but we figured we'd have a drink and think about what to order for half an hour!
I saw they had sancerre on the wine list, so that's what I ordered because I rarely see sancerre on wine lists here. It was quite nice. After the sancerre, I tried a rosé. It was quite nice, too, a super light pink color, and I was pleased to find a rosé I like.
We ate at Taverne de l'Arbre Sec twice, and stopped by for drinks a few times.

Here's what we ate:
Croque-Monsieur (country bread, white ham, emmental cheese + salad). I ate several croque-monsieurs while in France and this was one of the top 2. It sort of looks small, but it was not. It was definitely big enough for me, plus SP's help with the last couple bites.
Caesar Salad with chicken. A filling salad with chicken, mushrooms, poached egg.
Gazpacho - one of SP's favorite soups. He said he wasn't hungry the first night but then he hoovered up the soup and all the bread in the bread basket and then helped me finish my croque-monsieur.
Italian Salad - with lots of prosciutto & mozzarella & melon. Yum!
Shepherd's Salad - with fried goat cheese, apple, mushrooms. Really good as well. I did find the goat cheese a little different from goat cheese here, maybe grassier? Tangier? Stronger?
More drinks - rosé and Aperol Spritz.

We really liked this place. We liked the excellent croque-monsieur and the large, tasty salads, especially since we are always mindful of eating enough vegetables while on vacation. The 3-4 people who worked there were super nice and friendly, spoke enough English and us enough French that it was not stressful or difficult. They have an English menu. I had read that the French can be particular about special requests to meals, like dressing on the side or something left out, but we asked nicely for dressing on the side, if it was possible, and they said of course. And it was super close to our hotel.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Paris Vacation

Food was not the focus of our trip to Paris. We went to see the iconic landmarks, the art, the city, to stroll along the Seine, to sit outside at cafes, sipping rose and watching people. Sure, we wanted patisserie and boulangerie and fromages and souffle and macarons, but although I did some research to see what "food places" were near our hotel, we didn't plan anything, we didn't make reservations. We just went.
When we travel, we always go with the idea that we might not ever get back to that place so we had better see/do everything we want to see/do and we should take our time and enjoy. Monterey, CA is near the top of my list of absolute favorite places, but it took me 21 years from finishing graduate school to return to Monterey. We have so many places to visit for the first time, and so many places to return to, and not enough free time. So as much as we wish to return to Paris, it will likely be a long time, if ever.
So, this trip. We spent 11 days in Paris + 2 travel days. We took advantage of Delta's non-stop Pittsburgh to Paris flight and while it was still a long flight, at least it was non-stop. Here's what we saw/did on vacation:
Driving Tour
Palais Garnier Opera House
Right Bank Walking Tour
Left Bank Walking Tour 
Latin Quarter, Sorbonne
Walking Food Tour
Église Saint-Eustache
Day Trip: Normandy (Sainte-Mere-EgliseNormandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument, Normandy Airborne MuseumUtah Beach, Normandy Beach)
It seems like a long time, 11 days, 9 of them in Paris, but our days were always full and never rushed. After 11 years together, we have a good idea of how to plan a vacation day to make the most of our time and see what we want to see at our pace and not be rushed and not miss out. Sometimes, we think people just run around, ticking things off a check list on their vacations. If we're going to, say, visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, we want to get the audio-guide and spend 1-2 hours learning about it and appreciating the architecture. And sometimes, allowing an afternoon and evening at the Louvre is a very good idea if it takes you 30 minutes to find the first work of art on your downloaded "wheelchair accessible walking tour of 10 must-see art works" itinerary. True story. That place drove me nuts! I swear we read the directions, in English, and followed them, yet we still got lost. We walked past the room for the Mona Lisa 3 times. So frustrating. We eventually found everything.
And sometimes, even if you must be up early the next day for a scheduled tour, you have to make time to catch the late Paris sunset, standing on a bridge, looking at the Eiffel Tower in the distance, poking up behind buildings.

I really hope we make it back one day. Especially since SP missed out on the Catacombs. He had purchased a ticket online before we left for vacation, but due to strike days, they were closed the day his ticket was good. He tried to go another day, but it was also a strike day. He was sad because he's always wanted to see the Catacombs, so I guess we have to make going back to Paris happen.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Very Delayed Thursday Thoughts

So I guess these are really Monday Thoughts? Thursday Thoughts on Monday?

The reason for my long blog absence: Vacation! In Paris!

I have wanted to go to Paris since 4th grade when our class studied countries and each of us had to do a report on a country and I got France. Then I studied French in middle school & high school. So for a very, very, very long time I have wanted to go to Paris. I finally got to go and it was everything I hoped for and then some and of course some that I didn't hope for! More posts and details later!

We arrived back in Pittsburgh last Tuesday evening. As is custom, our "just returned from vacation" dinner was pizza delivery from Pizza Milano. We unpacked, showered, started laundry, and crashed on the couch with mugs of hot tea. By the time we made it to bed, we'd been up for 23 hours. We are way too old to be up for that long! I did doze a bit on the plane, but that doesn't really count as sleep.

Wednesday was more laundry, grocery shopping, sorting through mail, and catching up on TV. We were jet-lagged so from 7 pm on we nodded off on the couch while watching TV before finally going to bed for real around 11 pm.

Thursday, feeling a bit better, we went to see Solo: A Star Wars Story and enjoyed it. No spoilers, we have friends who haven't seen it yet, but we enjoyed it. We also did a bunch of errands, including finally purchasing flowers to plant outside for summer. This year we chose a maroon colored petunia. We also got some herbs and veggies to plant.

Friday we were back to being tired but managed to power through more laundry and ironing (me) and yard work (SP). The garden is finally planted! Well, I guess I should say, fixed? SP planted arugula and kale before we left but they didn't grow, some weird weed stuff grew instead. So SP had to yank it all out and do all sorts of magic dirt/compost/whatever tricks to re-prep the garden box dirt.

Then it was the weekend. We haven't found a new cleaning person and it had been 6 weeks so we had to clean the house. Blergh. There were the usual chores, errands, catching up on TV, and now it's Monday and SP is finally back at work and I am back to my usual routine.

I miss Paris.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Grilled Apricot Mustard Chicken Thighs

I love grilling season. Sure, we could be super dedicated and try to grill year round, but it's tough to keep the grill hot enough in the cold, tough if it's windy, and it gets dark early in winter. Excuses, excuses, but we grill a  lot from May-September. One of our favorite grilled meals is grilled chicken thighs with Apricot-Mustard Glaze. 
I forget the source of this recipe and I didn't note it on my index card. I'm thinking it was from a Cook's Illustrated Magazine? I'm pretty sure I've written about this glaze before, but I cannot find a link on my recipe page, so I decided to write about it again. It's a super easy sauce, half set aside for brushing on the chicken and half for dipping.

Apricot-Mustard Glaze (for grilled chicken)
makes enough for 4.5 lbs chicken (we always halve the recipe for the amount of chicken in the above photo)

3/4 c apricot preserves
1/4 c whole grain mustard
3 tbsp Dijon
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp water

Combine all ingredients in blender (we use our Magic Bullet Blender). Divide in half, half to brush on chicken near end of grilling and half served on the side for dipping.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Lemon Bars

SP loves lemon. He loves that tartness. I like lemon, but not a super strong, super tart lemon flavor. That's where we differ. He really, really wanted to make the Best Lemon Bars from Cook's Illustrated March/April 2018. I wasn't too interested. But I wanted to be a nice wife so I agreed to make them.
They're pretty simple. Shortbread crust. Lemon filling. The crust is 1/3 the bar, the filling the other 2/3. To get the best lemon flavor, they use lemon juice, lemon zest, and cream of tartar in the filling.
SP loved these bars. Me, not so much. It was just too much strong, tart, lemon flavor for me. The crust was delicious.
We would make these again - for the lemon lover in the house and for guests who love lemon. SP has a few friends who also tried this recipe and loved it.

Recipe here.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts: France.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Quiche Lorraine

When we can't figure out what to eat for dinner and want something easy, one of our go to meals is quiche with a salad. A few weeks ago we tried Quiche Lorraine from Cook's Country (April/May 2018).
But we cheated. We didn't make the crust from scratch. We bought a frozen crust. We'd like to make the crust, but we just had too much going on and had to make some sacrifices.
Bacon-Onion-Gruyere - yum. This was a delicious quiche. Next time, we'll make the crust (if we have time!).

Our Quiche:

Frozen pie crust
Package of bacon - some for breakfast, some for the quiche, some for lunch during the week. I think we put about 7 slices of chopped bacon in the quiche
Half an onion, chopped
Generous 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
1&1/4 c heavy cream
5 eggs
1 tbsp cornstarch
salt & pepper

Cook bacon. Reserve a bit of bacon fat. Set cooked bacon aside.

Cook onion in reserved bacon fat until starting to brown. Set aside.

Whisk together 1/4 cup cream and cornstarch. Whisk in eggs, remaining cream, salt, pepper until mixture is smooth.

Scatter bacon, onion, and cheese over bottom of crust. Pour egg-cream mixture on top. Bake at 350 for about an hour, until browned on top. Let cool for a bit (they suggest 2 hours; I doubt we waited that long).

*Make sure to put your crust on a baking sheet and then fill it. The baking sheet will catch any egg-cream mixture that splooshes out when moving it into the oven.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

*I wrote this post yesterday because I thought it was Thursday. But then I realized it was Wednesday. That's the kind of week it has been.

I can't believe this coming weekend is already Memorial Day weekend! For me, Memorial Day is the start of summer and the "real" grilling/smoking season.

I'm not sure when it happened, but our yard went from scraggly and struggling to look alive to out of control jungle in about 2 hours! One day it was mowed and by the next morning, the dandelions had again taken over. Ahhh summer yard work season.

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • Last weekend we saw Deadpool 2. I enjoyed it, not quite as much as the first one, but it was still a fun movie.
  • We watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It was better than we expected! The Rock and Jack Black were terrific.
  • We are caught up on our shared TV shows except for the season finale of Gotham. I'm rapidly losing interest in Gotham. It doesn't seem to move on, it just sticks with the same villains putting the main characters and/or Gotham in danger in new ways. The only thing that changes is which villain is in charge of the city.

What I'm Reading:

  • I had to return my library books, unread, because they were due/not renewable. Oh well.
  • I read a couple magazines, but new issues started arriving, so the pile is about the same.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


This post is way overdue. Maybe even unnecessary because I've often remarked on the blog that Morcilla is one of our favorite, maybe our favorite, restaurants in Pittsburgh. We were sad in January when a burst pipe flooded the restaurant, causing them to close for renovations until this past April. While we couldn't go in February for SP's birthday, we were able to go in April for our anniversary.

SP continued making his way down the gin list while I stuck with wine. As usual, we ordered more plates of food to share than we really needed, but we ate it all anyway because it's so yummy. Some our our favorites are still on the menu plus we tried some new (to us) plates.
Like this fluke with toasted garlic. It was all SP's and he said it was delicious.
In addition to the usual beloved plate of Serrano ham with marcona almonds, we shared an order of Oxtail Montadito (caramelized onion, mahon cheese, baguette). I was so happy this was still on the menu because I love it.
Garbanzo Bean Frites (cucumber yogurt, za'atar, harissa). I think this is a new plate and it was very good. I loved the smooth, cool sauce with the frites.
Also new: Pimentone Cheese Montadito (mahon, idiazabal, manchego, queso de cabra, fermented iberian chili, piquillo peppers, cucumber, dill). SO GOOD. I cannot decide if this is my new favorite or if the oxtail is still my favorite. I hope this is never, ever, ever taken off the menu.
Mid-meal, more wine for me and a new gin drink for SP, with floating star anise and citrus wedges.
We finished our "dinner" with the Costillas de la Matanza (baby back pork ribs, pomegranate sherry caramel, scallions, coriander, crunchy black olive), which we have enjoyed on previous visits, and an Artichoke-Cheese Gratin dish. It was so cheesy and delicious. A woman at a table near us kept going on & on how it was so rich she needed bread to cut the richness, blah, blah. We think she was crazy. We didn't want bread, not once, we just ate the cheesy artichokes and spoon-fought over the last bits in the bowl.
Churros are still on the dessert menu so of course we ordered them, along with cappuccino, and when we were there, there was also a lemon dessert (I think it was lemon because SP loves lemony desserts). I don't think it was a creme brulee, maybe a flan? Something like that. It was good, but not as good as the churros in chocolate hazelnut dipping sauce.

So the "new" Morcilla is just as lovely & delicious as the "old" Morcilla. We're glad it's open and are looking forward to a summer visit.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

I've been doing a lot of research for an upcoming vacation and there is something I don't understand at all: Why on earth do people post selfies on sites like Yelp & Trip Advisor? A photo of you & your smiling family/friends isn't useful. It doesn't help me see a restaurant's food or if a place has a step or two to enter or anything else useful. I don't want to see all your personal vacation photos.

Also, while I know my grammar and writing are not the best and I am sure there are more than just typo errors in my posts, good grief a lot of people writing reviews on those sites (Yelp, etc.) have AWFUL spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. Is this a result of poor education in our school system or do only those with a middle school education post on these sites? I'm pretty sure I could do a better job when I was 10 years old. Lots of times I cannot even figure out what they're trying to say. 

Maybe I should start keeping a log of the "best" reviews I read and then share them. 

The rain has turned our yard into a dandelion field. It looks awful. 
Speaking of rain, SP got wet on Sunday while grilling salmon and scallops for Mother's Day dinner. The scallops were perfectly cooked and delicious, but lacked a good sear because he was having trouble with the grill in the wind/rain. The scallops were skewered, brushed with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt & pepper. For the salmon, he soaked a cedar plank, placed thin slices of lemon atop the plank (overlapping the slices), placed the salmon atop the bed of lemon slices, brushed it with olive oil, sprinkled it with salt, pepper, and thyme, and grilled it.
SP's mom brought an apple-raspberry pie that she bought at the May Market. It was quite tasty.
SP had trouble cutting and serving it. All the pieces were a little mangled! She also brought some frosted shortbread cookies and we had bought angel food cake and strawberries. Lots of desserts!

What We're Eating:

  • Grilled salmon and scallops, tomatoes (with mozzarella, basil, and balsamic), grilled zucchini, Mediterra sourdough 
  • Leftover Stout Pub & Kitchen 
  • Grilled chicken, colby, tomato, basil panini + grilled zucchini
  • Dessert: leftover MD angel food cake with strawberries, leftover apple-raspberry pie, cookies

What We're Watching:

  • Gah! I am loving The Americans! Phillip finally telling Elizabeth what he's been up to. Elizabeth questioning her assignment. Elizabeth's end of episode conversation with Phillip. And Stan - he just somehow knows!
  • I'm really glad NBC picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We really like the show and were sad over the initial news it had been cancelled.
  • Most of our shows end for the season this week. I'm kind of happy about a break so we can finally watch Jessica Jones Season 2, Genius (Picasso), and a few other things piled up on the DVR.
  • Of course that means some shows start again, like Animal Kingdom on TNT. Can't wait to see what happens with Smurf and Baz.

What I'm Reading:

  • No progress on the magazine pile (3) or book pile (3).
  • Lots of vacation research.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Stout Pub & Kitchen

We used to go to Bocktown a lot and were sad when it closed. Recently, a new placed opened in the former Bocktown space: Stout Pub & Kitchen. It's been open a little over a month and a friend (who heard from a friend of an ex of a cousin and was at a private event there when we arrived) said Stout is from The Yard people (the grilled cheese restaurant with locations in Shadyside, Market Square, the Galleria). I also hear there might be a Yard location coming next to Stout?

According to their website, Stout Pub & Kitchen "is focused on sustainable and organic practices, with in-house cured and smoked meats, seasonal products, and a rotating and evolving menu." They serve beers, cocktails, and libations from PA staples Wigle Whiskey & Grist House Brewery plus use  products from local farms such as Jubilee Hilltop Ranch and Jamison Farms, cheese from Middlefield, and ice cream from Millie's.

The new Stout space seems a bit more open than Bocktown and seems to be decorated in shades of gray instead of the former brown wood. Gone are the wall of refrigerated beers and the booths along one side. It seemed quite noisy when we were there (we were seated in the small back room since there was a private party in the main dining area).
They serve fresh brewed iced tea - a huge plus for me. SP ordered an Irish Red beer from what looked like a pretty extensive beer list.
To start, we shared a small House Salad (berries, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, house pickled vegetables, local organic greens with pomegranate vinaigrette). This was a yummy salad. Next time, I'd ask for no onions (personal preference).
We shared a small order of Stout Pierogies (Stout braised smoked brisket pierogies with homemade kraut, crispy pancetta, and spiced apple yogurt). These were really tasty. Nice size pierogies, larger than we make, but that's a good thing because there was lots of potato-brisket filling.
For his meal, SP chose House Corned Beef (Middlefield grass-fed Monterey Jack, pickled slaw, thousand island dressing). The sandwiches are served on ciabatta. He chose sweet potato fries over regular french fries. He said it was delicious.
I chose Smoked Brisket (Middlefield smoked cheddar, apples, bacon) with sweet potato fries.
It's a large sandwich, so I knew I'd only be able to eat half. Lots of tender, pull apart brisket. Thinly sliced apple. Really good. I liked the fries, but my personal preference is skinny fries.
We weren't planning on having dessert, but then our server mentioned bread pudding, which SP likes, and then she mentioned they serves Millie's ice creams. I really, really liked Millie's coffee ice cream the one time I had it. Millie's isn't close to us. So of course we had to order some. They were out of our first choice, chocolate stout, so we got grape sorbet. With a homemade waffle cone.
I liked the grape sorbet much more than I expected. I liked it in sorbet form - once it melted, the liquid was a little too sweet and syrupy. I had a lot of fun breaking the cone and dipping bit int he sorbet. Yum!

We're happy that a new, non-chain restaurant opened in Robinson. It looked like the outdoor deck/patio area is still there, so that will be nice on good weather days (it was raining the day we were there). The food was tasty. The employees who greeted and seated us were very friendly and helpful. Our server (the receipt says Melinda) was a lot of fun. Our food didn't arrive too quickly, we were able to finish courses before the next round of food arrived, and she checked on us several times during our meal. SP's iced tea was kept filled (I call him a sponge because he can go through a beer plus 3-4 glasses of water/iced tea at one meal out). And best of all, someone came running outside before we drove away to return a cell phone left behind on the table (it wasn't mine!).

We'll be back.

*We didn't have a reservation, and I don't think they are required, but I noticed they are on OpenTable.

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